Staging an Acupuncture Office for a Video Shoot

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Home Stager with Transition Stage LLC

Staging an Acupuncture Office for a Video Shoot

On Sunday, I blogged about getting a last-minute call to help a friend stage her acupuncture office in preparation for a video shoot. Ultimately, that video will be a 60-second commercial that she will run on her website and elsewhere. It will introduce potential clients to her offices, as well as give them an idea of what acupuncture is all about.

With about 2 hours preparation time, which I spent looking at some spa websites online and then gathering anything I had on hand that read as spa-like, serene, and calming, we managed to achieve a better look for her office and one treatment room.

The office, where she has her initial consultation with her patients, was a bit cluttered and had a mix of decorative elements that had the eye jumping from thing to thing. In addition, the photo of the cat above the chair made a rather sinister first impression.


Office - Before



We cleared the desk, removed all the little items from the window sill, and removed the photo of the cat.


Office - After



Borrowing some larger prints of flowers from another space, and creating a little vignette on the desk helped to create an atmosphere of calm serenity. Adding a fresh, flowering orchid to the window sill, along with some clear and blue glass stones to suggest the element of water, brought the eye up. Here are the before and after together:


Office - Before  Office - After


In the treatment room, there were enough objects to read as somewhat cluttered when viewed through a camera.


Treatment Room - Before


We removed the lamp and chair, repositioned the rug so it's more centered in the room, and placed a buddha on the window sill. The position on the curtains is not ideal, but we needed to break up all the white in the room and introduce a sculptural element.


Treatment Room - After


The treatment table received crisp new pillowcases on the pillows, fresh towels, and a tray holding more of the clear and blue stones as well as three candles. Here are the treatment room before and after photos together:


Treatment Room - Before Treatment Room - After 



Here are some of the details in close up:


Office Detail


Treatment Room Detail


Treatment Room Detail


The waiting room has a white couch and the table next to it originally had stacks of magazines. We removed most of those, leaving just 3, and placed another flowering orchid plant on the table behind them. The addition of this live plant gave a little color and interest against the white walls. A couple of bolster pillows or throw pillows would have helped, but we ran out of time.


Waiting Room Detail


My client was so pleased with the result that we are now having a conversation about how her offices (she has 3!) can be updated with paint and new artwork to make them more appealing.

This was a fun, albeit brief, project. The total time staging, which included a trip to Home Depot for the orchids and some other flowering plants added to the outside of the building, came in at just 2 1/2 hours.


And then I was off to my little getaway with Herb.



Staging an Acupuncture Office for a Video Shoot

Comments (32)

Judy Klem
Transition Stage LLC - Shelton, CT
Home Staging, Senior Move Management, Fairfield/New Haven counties

Hi Roger - Thank you! I would love to introduce some color and change out some of the artwork.

Jul 28, 2011 12:43 AM
Kristine Ginsberg
Elite Staging and Redesign, LLC - Short Hills, NJ
NJ Home Stager

Very zen looking Judy - love what you did to make the spa more cozy and for lack of a better word, "spa-like". Great  job and I'm sure your friend is very happy she called you! Love the artword too!

Jul 28, 2011 05:56 AM
Julia Maher
Nestings: Connecticut Home Staging and Model Homes - Fairfield, CT
Connecticut Home Stager

I'd been looking forward to seeing your results, Judy - and they're wonderful!  Thanks goodness the cat is gone - if you're not a cat person, that could be unwelcoming.  Centering the rug probably will have a lot of impact on the psyche as well.

Jul 28, 2011 09:10 AM
Liz Wallace
Century 21 Sherlock Homes - Rockville Centre, NY
Broker C21 Sherlock Homes, Rockville Centre, LI, N

You stage like you write.  Clear and uncluttered and very relaxed.

Jul 28, 2011 09:33 AM
Judy Klem
Transition Stage LLC - Shelton, CT
Home Staging, Senior Move Management, Fairfield/New Haven counties

Hi Kristine - Thank you! That's exactly what I was going for. It will be great if I can do a bit more with her offices, as I think some color, texture and new artwork will really help.

Jul 28, 2011 11:52 AM
Judy Klem
Transition Stage LLC - Shelton, CT
Home Staging, Senior Move Management, Fairfield/New Haven counties

Hi Julie - Thanks very much! I found that cat very off-putting, I have to say. Centering the rug really had an impact on me, I can tell you. It was trying to creep up the wall on the right originally, which was pretty tension-producing.

Jul 28, 2011 11:54 AM
Judy Klem
Transition Stage LLC - Shelton, CT
Home Staging, Senior Move Management, Fairfield/New Haven counties

Hi Liz - What a delightful compliment! Thanks very much for that.

Jul 28, 2011 11:54 AM
Anna Dovger
Add Value Home Staging LLC, 281-704-6607 - The Woodlands, TX
Home Staging -The Woodlands, TX

Judy, such a beautiful transformation! Very relaxing and serene.

Jul 28, 2011 02:35 PM
Judy Klem
Transition Stage LLC - Shelton, CT
Home Staging, Senior Move Management, Fairfield/New Haven counties

Hi Anna - Thanks very much! Exactly the feeling I was seeking to create.

Jul 28, 2011 02:37 PM
Marie Graham
Owner, The Refreshed Home White Plains NY - White Plains, NY
Westchester County Interior Decorator, Home Stager

Judy-giving a professional touch to small local offices is SUCH a great business opportunity-great job for you to help them enhance their 'brand'. Did you paint the office walls? You didn;t mention that, but they look like a lot sunnier shade in the after. GREAT JOB

Jul 29, 2011 03:48 PM
Judy Klem
Transition Stage LLC - Shelton, CT
Home Staging, Senior Move Management, Fairfield/New Haven counties

Hi Valerie - Thank you. The cat was pretty scary, I have to admit. My client has a wry sense of humor, and I think she thought it was kind of funny.

Jul 30, 2011 03:10 PM
Judy Klem
Transition Stage LLC - Shelton, CT
Home Staging, Senior Move Management, Fairfield/New Haven counties

Hi Marie - It was a lot of fun. We didn't have time to paint. I think it's a combination of the window blinds being fully opened, the window being washed, and lighter artwork on the wall. I've been imagining how great it could look with some new paint and furnishings in place. Fingers crossed, I'll get a chance to make that happen.

Jul 30, 2011 03:12 PM
Mary Lou Teague
HOME STYLE AND STAGING LLC - Knoxville, TN
Home Style and Staging Knoxville. TN

LOVE IT, ok so now I am off to book a massage!!! You did a great job here, such a difference

Jul 31, 2011 01:40 AM
Mary Lou Teague
HOME STYLE AND STAGING LLC - Knoxville, TN
Home Style and Staging Knoxville. TN

  Great job and thanks for sharing here on STAGING STORIES !!! You have been highlighted and received a gold star...thanks again Mary Lou Teague

Jul 31, 2011 01:41 AM
Judy Klem
Transition Stage LLC - Shelton, CT
Home Staging, Senior Move Management, Fairfield/New Haven counties

Hi Mary Lou - Thanks so much! I really glad you like this - and I appreciate being highlighted and receiving a gold star!

Jul 31, 2011 01:54 PM
Linda D. Pufford
Stage with Divine Style - Home Staging - Novato, CA
ASPM, Marin/Sonoma Home Stager

Hi Judy,

I just love what you did...  its just amazing how you transformed the office and treatment room.  Everything now looks very inviting and looks like it should be on the cover of a magazine.  You really are a very talented Home Stager...  Great job Judy!!!

Jul 31, 2011 04:57 PM
Judy Klem
Transition Stage LLC - Shelton, CT
Home Staging, Senior Move Management, Fairfield/New Haven counties

Hi Linda - Thank you! I'm glad you liked it. It was kind of rushed, but so much fun!

Aug 01, 2011 11:02 AM
Janice Ankrett
Janice Ankrett Home Staging - Burlington, ON
Staging Professional

Judy, it's amazing what the camera picks up. It can be a real eye opener for a client. Nice job!

Aug 05, 2011 08:01 AM
Judy Klem
Transition Stage LLC - Shelton, CT
Home Staging, Senior Move Management, Fairfield/New Haven counties

Hi Janice - It's true, isn't it? Sometimes it's not until clients see the "before" in a photo that they realize how much work needs to be done. Thank you - I'm glad you liked this.

Aug 05, 2011 11:39 AM
Wendy Tomm
Beyond the Walls - East St Paul, MB
CCSP, RESA-PRO, BBB - Wpg Realtors

Well Judy not often you get to do something so fun.  Nicely done and it changes the feel of the office and the patient room.

Nov 30, 2011 08:47 AM